Jean Tolzin


Jean Marie Tolzin, 81, Brookings, S.D., passed away Tues., June 14, 2022, at the Brookings Hospital, in Brookings, S.D. Funeral Services were held Mon., June 20, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Gracepoint Wesleyan Church in Brookings. Visitation was held on Sun., June 19, 2022, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Jean was born on Oct. 20, 1940, in Long Beach, Calif., the daughter of Clifford and Edna Larson. She grew up in Lake Preston, S.D., and attended Lake Preston High School/Country School, graduating from Lake Preston High School in 1958. Jean continued her education in Huron, S.D., for two years, earning a teaching certificate.

Jean married the love of her life, Darwin Tolzin, on July 9, 1961, in Lake Preston, S.D. They had two children, Jeff Tolzin and Janeen Herrera. She was a teacher for a year in Ortonville until she and Darwin moved to Kodiak, Alaska, as he was in the Navy. When that assignment ended, they moved to California, where she continued her banking career.

Jean’s interests and hobbies included spending time with grandchildren, taking care of friends and family, reading, crossword puzzles and traveling the world, watching fastpitch softball. Jean was always smiling, happy to help any friends/family and never had a bad thing to say about anything or anyone.

Jean is survived by her husband, Darwin Tolzin; two children, Jeffrey (Diana) Tolzin of Sycamore, Ill., and Janeen Herrera (Jeff Thompson) of Camarillo, Calif.; three grandchildren, Joshua Herrera, Marisa Tolzin Buckner (Michael) and Jordan Tolzin; brother, Robert (Leona) Larson of Elgin, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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